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As you enter the Archaeology wing, you will notice a geological time clock. It indicates how man was differentiated from the animal kingdom by being given the gift of intellect and the creative ability of his hands. With this in mind, you will approach the earliest found paleo points which were instrumental in hunting many types of early animals-even the giant mastodon. About 10,000 archaic ceremonial and projectile points are artistically displayed.

There are more than 500 necklaces in the collection. Beads of jade, stone, ivory, shell, gold, silver, copper and pottery range in age from 600 BC to AD 1200.

Tribal cultures of the Americas are represented with displays of pipes, pottery, stone axes and decorative prehistoric beads and ornaments. The pyramid-building cultures of the Maya and Indians of the Mexican mainland are well represented. Peru is a source of the most exotic prehistoric artifacts in the Western Hemisphere. The arid climate of Peru is responsible for the incredible preservation of cultural material that allows visitors to gain perspective on how the people of Peru once lived.

Copyright Heritage of the Americas Museum, 2013


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